Sunday, May 4, 2014

Creature Feature #197: Elegant Trogan

The Elegant Trogan makes his home in semi-arid woodlands, ranging from Arizona to Costa Rica. He is a handsome bird, with his mate being somewhat duller, although still sporting the red underbelly. His preferred diet is insects and fruit. He remains perched for long periods of time, is capable of turning his head almost all the way around, and can see in low light levels. Once a flying insect has been sighted, he will take flight, seizing it in his serrated bill. When breeding season comes around, he puffs up his chest feathers, flicks his long tail and coos to attract a female. The pair must then find an abandoned woodpecker nest cavity or other tree hollow to nest in. Competition for these is fierce, and conflicts with other trogan, woodpeckers, squirrels and even owls is common.

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